|Today’s Scripture: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20|
Countless cultures teach the servitude of someone who was saved to the one who rescued them. It is understood that because your life was thought to be gone, the life you have because you were rescued is rightfully given to the one who saved you. The life you have you possess through the one who risked himself for you. Therefore, you should give it back to him.
However, we were not only saved to live a few more years and then die – Christ saved us by giving us eternal life and rescued us from an eternal punishment in Hell. He didn’t just risk His life to save us; He gave it because our sin required a spotless sacrifice. He left His perfect throne in Heaven to come to Earth to take upon Himself the sin of the world and die to pay the price for our wickedness.
Many people see the sacrifice that others have made for them, but cannot seem to understand their responsibility in return. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 12 that to give your life as a living sacrifice “is your reasonable service.” It’s not something above and beyond what could be expected in return, rather, it is what should be expected.
Paul understood this, and wrote, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” Paul understood that Christ took his place on the cross so that he could live. He realized that his life belonged to the Son of God because Christ died in his place. Therefore, Paul lived as the servant of Christ, just as if it was his physical life that was saved.
You have been saved from far more than a physical death. How will you respond? Will it be with gratitude or apathy? Your Savior gave up everything for you; isn’t His sacrifice worth your life in return?
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.